Livni wants 'wide' peace agreement

After meeting FM in J'lem, Rice says she expects Arab states, int'l community to "rally" behind ME talks.

October 17, 2007 18:57
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Livni wants 'wide' peace agreement

Livni Rice 224.88. (photo credit: AP)

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday said the goal of current talks with the Palestinians was to reach an understanding "as wide as possible within the available time" ahead of an upcoming peace conference. Livni spoke after a meeting with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Livni heads the Israeli negotiating team working with Palestinian counterparts to prepare for the conference. "Israel is ready for compromise in a way that will realize the goal of two states," said Livni, adding: "We hope to discover same willingness on the Palestinian side." Wrapping up four days of shuttle diplomacy, Rice said there was a "moment of opportunity" but cautioned there was much work to do. While the sides are only beginning a process of negotiations, Rice said she is optimistic about success. Rice described the planned conference as "a step in a process," but said she expects Arab countries and the international community to "rally" behind the gathering. Arab countries have been hesitant to commit to attending, saying they want guarantees of firm progress. Also during the press conference, Livni called for a new UN Security Council resolution aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. "I do believe there is a need for another Security Council resolution. In the past, the need to get everybody on board, including Russia and China, led to some compromises on the nature of the sanctions. I hope this will not [be] the case this time." Rice said the council was working on a new resolution, and the US would follow that route if negotiations with Iran fail.

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